News

Instant replay system to be expanded in 2014

Instant replay system to be expanded in 2014

Major League Baseball is poised to expand its video review process next season. Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – Major League Baseball is poised to expand its video review process next season in what Commissioner Bud Selig described as an “historic” move following two days of meetings with representatives from all 30 teams.

The proposal, which would dramatically increase the number of plays that can be reviewed from the current limit to boundary calls involving home runs, will be voted upon by team owners in November.

A 75 percent vote by the owners is needed for approval while the changes must also be negotiated with both the Major League Baseball Players Association and the World Umpires Association,

“I couldn’t help but sense in the room the acceptance and excitement,” Selig told a news conference in Cooperstown, New York, on Thursday after the replay committee had presented its findings.

“People understood they were sitting in on something that was historic. This has struck me over the last two or three weeks. There’s no question about it.

“In the last 25 years, the sport has changed a lot, and I think for the better. This was something we did very carefully.”

Under the proposed new system, managers will be allowed one challenge over the first six innings of games and a further two from the seventh through the end of the game.

If the manager wins his appeal, he retains the challenge, though a challenge from the first six innings does not carry over. Not all plays are reviewable.

All replays will be reviewed by umpires at MLB headquarters in New York, where technicians will be available to provide the necessary video.

“Reviewable plays will cover 89 percent of those incorrect calls that were made in the past,” said Braves president John Schuerholz, who formed the replay committee with former major league managers Joe Torre and Tony La Russa.

“The 11 percent remaining are in the non-reviewable (category), which can still be argued by the manager. And the manager can still request that the umpires get together and discuss it to see if anybody else on the crew saw it differently. But it’s not reviewable.”

Recent Headlines

in National

Egg prices jump as impact of bird flu begins pinching supply

Fresh
eggs

The price of eggs has risen by as much as 58 percent, as farmers battle a bird flu that has killed millions of hens.

in Election 2016, National

Republicans looking for a few good ‘losers’ in 2016

Fresh
republicancandidates

As the next presidential election cycle begins the goal isn't necessarily to win every race, but to improve the performance of the Republican ticket overall.

in Sports

This week’s top sports shots

AP477743932569_4

A look at some of this week's biggest plays and best moments in sports.

in National

Making headlines this week

AP95041159581_28

A look at some of the big stories that made headlines this week and the headlines you may have missed.

in National

WATCH: The history of Memorial Day

23-overlay3

This All-American holiday took a long and winding road to become an annual tradition.